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Dakota Recreation Report

Jamestown Sun

Dakota Recreation Report

Jan. 10, 2014

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes:

Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check with local bait shops for any ice condition information.

Harassing wildlife and chasing coyotes with snowmobiles is illegal.

Remember to remove valuables from icehouses when leaving to reduce theft potential.

Register now for State Historical Society Heritage Outbound Winter Adventure, Feb. 8. Go to ( for information and pre-registration.


Jan. 11: Devils Lake, Creel Bay.

Jan. 18: Lake Ashtabula, Lake Josephine.

Jan. 25: Devils Lake, 6-Mile Bay.


Devils Lake elevation, Jan. 8: 1,452.26 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,451.03MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,832.82 MSL; 18,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Extreme cold slowed down angling, but it’s making ice safer with reports of 25 to 30 inches in places. Try deeper water for perch in sloughs and lakes across Barnes, LaMoure, and through Sargent and Richland counties. Walleye are most active on flooded structure near drop-offs, points, and humps. Try jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads. Pike spearing steady in LaMoure and McIntosh counties but water clarity has been spotty. Pike angling with dead sticks and tip-up is producing using a variety of bait from smelt and deer chunks to hot dogs. No reports from Devils Lake or east-central lakes. Limited activity on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Continued good perch success in 25 to 45 feet. Try the towers, Doc Hagen’s, casino, south end of Black Tiger Bay, or north end of 6-Mile Bay. Work structure in 10 to 25 feet throughout the lake for walleye. Access generally remains good.

Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Lots of perch success with Pelican Lake producing good walleye numbers.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Try 35 to 45 feet for perch but bite is inconsistent. Continued good walleye success. Try the towers or Creel Bay. Walford’s Bay good for pike.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: In general, small area lakes continue producing good perch and pike with limited walleye reports. Best success is with minnows.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Activity slowed with cold weather on small area lakes and the reservoir.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Continued good success throughout many small lakes. The reservoir remains fair. Try the boat club area.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: A bit more activity on the lake itself with OK access. A few walleye reports are starting to come in along with better perch activity. Small area lakes west of Valley City remain strong but access is becoming more difficult with drifting snow.

Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Limited reports with cold weather limiting activity.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Hurdsfield and Antelope lakes fair for perch and walleye. Goose Lake continues producing perch and pike with some walleye mixed in. Harvey Dam fair pike.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Lake Josephine producing walleye and perch with occasional pike. Some activity at Lake Etta. Nelson Bay on Lake Audubon remains fair for walleye and perch. Some activity on Lake Oahe but no reports.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No new reports.

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited reports.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Nice 2- to 3-pound walleye and pike hitting during low light hours by day, slow but steady, on Bois de Sioux and Red Rivers.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Limited reports.

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Anglers finding a few bass.

N.D. Parks & Recreation Dept. state parks cross-country ski trails:

Fort Ransom, Fort Ransom: Trails in good condition and groomed, weather permitting.

Grahams Island, Devils Lake: Trails open and in good condition with 15- to 20-inch base.

Icelandic, Cavalier: Trails open and in good condition with 4- to 6-inch base.

Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau: 3 trails open and in good condition.

Downhill skiing:

Bears Den Mtn., Fort Ransom: Ski area needs more snow to open.

Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: 10- to 24-inch base with manmade snow. 4 lifts, most ski runs, 5 tubing runs, and several Terrain Park large jumps open.

Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: Open Thursday through Sundays. 12- to 15-inch base with snowmaking underway on the Terrain Park and good snow conditions.

Huff Hills, Mandan: 19- to 22-inch snow with 9 runs, 1 lift, and 1 tow open.

Snowmobile N.D. trails:

East Central Valley (Cass and Richland counties): Fargo East and West trails now open and groomed.

Red River North ( Pembina & Walsh counties): All trails open and groomed with 4- 5-inch base.

Southern Valley (Richland County): Trails open and groomed with 4- to 5-inch base.

Sno Trails (Bottineau, McHenry, Renville, & Ward counties): Deering, Glenburn, Granville, Minot, Surrey, & Towner trails open and groomed with 6-inch base.

All other trails closed.

Numbers to know:

N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; website: (

N.D. Game & Fish Department, Jamestown office: 253-6480.

RAP, Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (